It’s easy to fall into a slump when you’re out of work, applying for jobs, and finding it difficult to make much progress. In many cases, it may not be that you’re not smart enough or talented enough to join the company in question – your CV could just be letting you down. Not everyone is a natural when it comes to writing a CV that really highlights your skills and makes the most of your achievements. If you want to stand out amongst the competitive job-seeking crowd, upgrade your CV today with these quick tips.
- Consider adding specialisations: If you say you have managerial skills and are looking for a job managing a team, you may not be giving the employer enough information or evidence to work with to prove that you really will be up for the task at hand. Even if you have a university degree or diploma in business management, it can help to have additional qualifications that show you’ve been trained in a particular specialist area of your field or industry. For example, you may have experience in project management, but taking a course in project methodology and adding that to your CV will prove that you know your stuff.
- Tailor your CV to the job: While your cover letter will do some of this for you, it’s important that your CV also demonstrates that you’re the right candidate for the specific position in question. If you use the same CV for every job application you send out, it’s most likely too vague. Make sure your skills and the experiences and examples you choose in each CV you send out is in line with the job in question.
- Edit it down: Plenty of people get anxious that their CV doesn’t have enough on it to land them a job so they pad it out with too much irrelevant information or long, run-on sentences. You want your CV to be concise, easy to read, and to the point. If it fills up more than two pages of A4 paper then you probably need to do some editing. Take out any fluff or those high school responsibilities from your teenage years and stick to the points that matter.
- Give examples of what you’ve done well: It’s important to give real, measurable information that your potential employer can work with when they take a look at your CV. Instead of saying, ‘I excel in sales,’ give a specific example of strong sales figures from your previous job that will prove your point. Avoid waffling on and, as mentioned before, be concise, but also be cautious of not providing any details or examples of exactly what you mean when you list your skills. This is also where a great reference from a previous employer comes in handy.
- Proofread multiple times: When you write something yourself, especially if you write it quickly in a rush to apply for an awesome job you’ve just seen advertised, it can be all too easy to leave in a glaring spelling error or mistake that will automatically make you look less professional to whoever you want to hire you. Take the time to carefully proofread your CV and cover letter to correct any errors so that it looks as polished and professional as possible.